Treble Jig, the winner of the last two Jebel Ali Stakes, won this weekend in Saudi Arabia, freeing the race for a new face, just newer than many had otherwise expected. A race billed as a match between Haatheq and Farrier, with Storm Belt and Jutland forming a powerful opposition for Doug Watson. It was no matter. Musabah Al Muhairi’s ridiculous string of wins continued, as Interpret, the half-brother to Breeders’ Cup Classic and Dubai World Cup winner Invasor, managed an improbable win. Under a highly credible ride from Silvestre De Sousa, Interpret came under an all-out drive with at least 1,000 metres to run and seemed in deep waters for an interminable amount of the stretch.
With a strong tail wind and the resolve of his half-brother, Interpret lengthened greater than his rivals in the final stages and got over the top, besting fellow longshot Mutajare, with Farrier in third and Haatheq a disappointing fourth. Interpret was bred by Alessandro Miserocchi in America, and is owned by Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum. Interpret is named for his dam sire, Interprete, a sire who is also owned by Miserocchi in Argentina. For the win, Interpret was put up an impossible 21 pounds to a rating of 110.
Maiden Shaishee overcame a wide trip to run well at Meydan and beat winners in a handicap while adding a visor, earning his first win from ten lifetime starts. A son of Indian Charlie out of the Smart Strike mare, Hatpin, Shaishee was bred in America by Audley Farm.
Colmar Kid, who beat 105-rated Forjatt by a neck, was put up 20 pounds for his handicap win in the second race of the day. The win was the sixth of the season for owner Fathi Egziama, and the second consecutive for the son of Choisir, bred in Ireland by Mr & Mrs G Bloodstock.
Racing resumes in the UAE on Thursday at Meydan, then again on Saturday, followed by Abu Dhabi next Sunday.C